The pursuit of happiness is a long and seemingly endless road, and no more so that our pursuit of self-happiness.
If you ask pretty much anyone if they are happy with who they are, they would not be able to give you a definite yes. Why is this? It’s because there are so many different facets that we can be unhappy with.
This guide, however, is here to help. Perhaps it is that you feel your mental wellbeing is dragging you down. Maybe you are not happy with the way you look, be that your face, your body or something else. If your self-esteem is low, you may wish to try out a special party that you haven’t even heard of before. Finally, perhaps the issue is that you feel like you are stuck in your old ways, or stuck in a rut. So perhaps you need to shake things up…!
Let’s take a look in a little closer detail at each of these suggestions. Here are five things you can do to become happier with who you are.
Perfect for if you are not happy with…your mental wellbeing
Let’s begin with one that you may not have been expecting to see! When it comes to being happier with yourself, many think first about the external things. So, your hair, your height, your skin! Yes, that can come into it, and in fact, we’ll get to that a little later. But first up, let’s take a look at your mental wellbeing. How is it? Poor mental well-being has the power to drag down every other facet of your life. It can make you see things in a skewed way. Take body dysmorphia for example. This is a condition of the brain where you see your body in a different way to how everyone else sees it. Anxiety is another example of how your brain can ruin things for the rest of you, as is depression.
So, how can you combat these things? If you struggle to be happy with who you because of what your brain is doing, how can you improve things? Well, there are of course medical solutions. There are a number of prescriptions now available for those suffering from issues like anxiety and depression. Many are very effective and credited with completely turning people’s lives around. But what about if you want something more natural? Well, how about meditation? You can find ones based around personal happiness and well-being. A big part of some meditation sessions is affirmations. So, find affirmations based around a calm mind, personal empowerment and confidence. Check out this page at sonima.com. It’s a meditation all about learning to love yourself.
Perfect for if you are not happy with…your appearance
From the internal to the external. Perhaps to become happier with who you are, the change you need to make is one with your appearance. Some may say that you need to accept who you are and how you to look. It’s a relatively popular viewpoint. It is also one that you may be able to emphasize with. But the fact is, in 2016, it is simple not the only sensible viewpoint out there. Things like hair extensions now exist to give you longer hair. You can get veneers for your teeth, to make them straighter or whiter. And, of course, there is also the option of plastic surgery from ROXYPlasticSurgery.com or similarly reputable companies. All of these options are viable ones thanks to modern day technology and recent advancements. Just make sure you do lots of research before you commit to anything.
Self Confidence Party
Perfect for if you are not happy with…your self-esteem
So, we’ve looked at the unexpected, and the expected. Now, let’s take a look at a suggestion that you might not have considered before. How about holding a self-confidence party? Here is what it is. You invite your closest friends over and have a party all about boosting your self confidence. It’s all about genuine compliments, generosity and self-esteem boosting. So, here is one game you could play. Everybody takes a piece of paper and a pen. On the paper, they write three things they admire about everyone in the room. Or, you could do 3 things about each of the following topics. 1) 3 things you love about their looks. 2) 3 things you love about their personality and 3) 3 things you admire about them. Each person gets a different pile for their anonymous admirations! Then, they get to open them and read all the kind words others have said about them. It is done anonymously so that people can speak freely and don’t have to back up their words to self-doubt. Games like this and others have a wonderful effect. By the end of the party, everybody leaves feeling like a million dollars. Plus, they have that extra-special feeling of knowing that they made their loved ones feel amazing too! Make sure you keep the slips of paper about you and display them somewhere in your home. You may even enjoy yourself so much that you decide to do it every two or three months. You could even do one’s focused on a specific person if they go through a particularly rough patch, like a breakup.
Shake Things Up
Perfect for if you are not happy with…your current state
Finally, here is one more suggestion for you. It could be that the lack of happiness you currently feel isn’t a problem with you. It is just that you have gotten stuck into your current state. Maybe you are stuck in a rut with the way you dress and do your hair and makeup. Perhaps you’ve not changed it in any way in something. Or maybe that rut is elsewhere. Maybe you are bored in your current job and feel that it lacks progression. Or your relationship isn’t heading in the direction you want it to. All in all, the issue is not with you but with your current circumstances and situation.
So, what is the solution here? You need to shake things up. Make a change. Be more active and less passive in your own life.
Let’s break down each potential issue one by one.
Perhaps the rut is down to your appearance. We’ve already discussed the option of plastic surgery. But what about less extreme and invasive things you could do? How about visiting a makeup counter in your local town or city center. Go with your normal makeup on and ask them to give you a whole new look! Let them have free reign to do whatever they fancy, just make sure they do something different. Then, head to the shops. Pick up an outfit that you love but would always say ‘I could never wear that!’. By making appearance changes active, rather than passive, you will see them taking place on you. Doing this can make you feel like a whole new person! Or, at the very least, a little happier with who you already are.
Alternatively, maybe you need to shake things up at work. Our jobs and careers are such a big part of our lives. As such, they simply have to be stimulating and fulfilling. If they are not can find ourselves becoming bored. Ask yourself; does my job do these two things for me? Or not? It could be that in fact, your career is the thing that is ruining your happiness. It could be that you are doing tasks that you find too easy and are therefore getting bored. Or, that you are managed by someone who makes you feel incompetent and worthless. Not one of these things is acceptable. While we don’t advocate quitting and moving to a desert island, do consider making a change. Start scouting out other jobs; network; polish up your resume. Once again, being active rather than passive is the only way you can help yourself here. What are the signs of your job making you unhappy? Find out at businessinsider.com.
Another area that may be ruining your personal happiness is in your relationship. The way to figure out if your relationship is the issue is this. Consider how happy you were with yourself before the relationship. Then compare it to how you feel now. If you are much happier, great! If you feel about the same, maybe some tweaks need to be made. Another person should lift you up, and be your own personal cheerleader. If they are not, you need to ask yourself why. Are you not doing the same for them? Have they got complacent? Finally, what happens if you realize you are even less happy than before the relationship? Well, if it is down to the relationship itself that you are not happy, it could be time to walk away. Why? Because nothing is more important that your own happiness. It is not your duty to give that up for the benefit of somebody else. Find out more about healthy relationships at blogs like heydoyou.com.
Of course, there are many other reasons that you might need to shake things up! But the point here is, it doesn’t matter what it is. What matters is that you have the bravery and confidence to make a change.
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.” – Herman Hesse
peace and love 🙂
Last Friday I attended an information session and intimate Mysore-style yoga class taught by David Robson (above). Attendees got to preview the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto’s temporary yoga studio on Bathurst & Queen, and got first-hand experience with this unique style of teaching and practicing within the Ashtanga yoga tradition. I honestly had the most amazing time; David is not only patient, but he’s an excellent teacher. Even though I was sweating BUCKETS, I left feeling full of life, and it felt like I was floating on clouds of happiness and positivity… I felt at peace for the first time, in a really long time. It was wonderful.
If you’ve ever thought of practicing Ashtanga yoga, I definitely recommend taking the Mysore-style classes, as you’re able to receive one-on-one attention and can go at your own pace without having to worry about keeping up with everyone else. The pop-up shala is on until May 31st; however, If you’re not able to attend the pop-up shala, you can always take classes at their yonge street location.
Thank you so much to David for inviting me, and for a truly awesome experience.
peace and love
Time to get CRACKING for Chinese New Year!
Chinese New Year is observed for two consecutive weeks, and is popularly known as Spring Festival. It usually starts from late January and early February. The variation in the date of festival is due to the changes in the track of the new moon. The Spring Festival ends on the 15th day when the Lantern festival is celebrated. Pure Ice has a quick and simple nailpolish set to help you achieve this perfect look.
In 2012, Chinese New Yearss Day will be celebrated on January 23. The New Year festival will start from January 22 (Chinese New Year’ Eve) and end on February 6 (Lantern Festival). 2012 marks the 4710th Chinese New Year, and this time it is the Year of Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.
The Dragon is the 5th sign of the Chinese zodiac and it is regarded as an auspicious symbol which stands for power, good luck, success, and happiness.
Since ancient times, the Chinese New Year was considered as the time to honor ancestors and heavenly deities. In addition, it was the time to organize family gatherings and grand feasts.
There is a legend associated with the celebration of New Year in China. There was a monster named Nian who used to harass the villagers by eating their crops, cattle and taking away their kids. The villagers had no other option but to place food at the entrance to their homes so that the monster would eat it and go away without harming them.
One day, the villagers realized that the monster was scared of red color. So, they adorned their doors and windows with red paper cutouts and spring scrolls. The villagers also burst crackers to frighten the monster. Since then, Nian never came again to the village. Hongjun Laozu, a Taoist monk, was the one who captured the beast later on. Since then, the Chinese have been celebrating the capture of Nian on their New Year’s Day.
Chinese New Year is celebrated with fireworks, lion dancing, dragon dancing and cultural performances on the street. Families organize reunion dinners on New Year’s Eve and make special preparations like spring rolls and Chinese dumplings. Happy CNY everyone!
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